Signs you may be depressed

For those experiencing depression, becoming aware of what it is that you are experiencing is the first step. Reaching out and getting the help that’s needed is critical.

In her YouTube video, life coach Angela Olah shares how after years of never really feeling happy about anything, she was finally scared into taking action when she began to think about taking her own life. Following are some signs she describes that may indicate that you or someone you know may be experiencing depression:

  • Asking yourself, “Would anyone even notice if I was gone?”
  • Isolating yourself and withdrawing from friends and family.
  • Not wanting to look after your own basic needs including personal hygiene.
  • Numbing yourself with alcohol or drugs.
  • Calling in sick to work more frequently.
  • Thinking about ways you might take your life.
  • Tired even though you have not done anything all day.
  • Not sleeping well at night.
  • Not feeling much emotion about anything including good or exciting news.
  • Feeling alone all the time, even when you are out with people. This includes feeling no one cares or understands what you are going through and that no one really loves you.

As Angela shares, many people who have been treated for depression describe how there is a light at the end of the tunnel that they never expected to see again. If you can, help those who may be struggling to keep reaching for that light.

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Information provided with permission by Angela Olah.

Workplace Strategies for Mental Health provides a list of credible mental health agencies and online self-assessment tools.